There are a record 267 homeless families on the wait list for city-funded shelter rooms in San Francisco. Families on that list are waiting seven months to secure a room. In the meantime, they’re sleeping in emergency shelters, cheap motels and oftentimes in cars.
Daniela Mercado and her three children have been homeless for six months. After being evicted from their Oakland apartment, they relied on their Volvo as a makeshift home in between the emergency shelters and motels. In this video profile, Mercado speaks about the challenges of sleeping in a car on the streets of San Francisco.